For military members and family members seeking medical care and services in Washington, D.C. and the greater National Capital Region, the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Clinic hosts a range of services.
Operated by the Air Force’s 579th Medical Group, the clinic seeks to improve performance and medical readiness for joint service personnel, and provide a variety of primary care services to patients at JBAB and other area installations.
Lt. Col. Matthew Hanson, deputy commander of the 579th Medical Group, said many people might be surprised at what all is accessible at the small clinic, located in Building 1300 aboard JBAB.
“We offer flight and operational medicine, primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health, behavioral health, public health, optometry, dental, immunizations, radiology, lab, pharmacy and patient administration,” Hanson said. “Our small footprint and good parking, for a lot of people seeking good access to primary care, is helpful. For that spouse, that retiree, that busy active duty person—it’s more than just access to great care, it’s also the location and convenience of having a clinic that focuses on primary care.”
Rather than navigating a large medical complex, Hanson said patients such as pregnant spouses can park directly outside the main office and be directly at the front desk very shortly, and the small size of the building aids ease of use.
Any TRICARE beneficiary can enroll and use the clinic, and certain specialists provide care to patients from other clinics as well, including a behavioral health consultant, women’s health nurse practitioner, and optometrists, he added.
The clinic is also integrated into the National Capital Region Enhanced Multi-Service Market (EMSM), where patients can see specialists and surgeons from other facilities in the area.
“If a Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling patient needs to see a cardiologist, we have full access to Walter Reed, Malcom Grow, and Fort Belvoir as an example—for all services,” Hanson explained.
For personnel new to the base or the area, Hanson said the most important thing to know is that people do not have to be enrolled to use the clinic specialists, including behavioral and mental health specialists who focus on helping those patients struggling with health or fitness goals, job-related stress, or significant life changes, among other issues. Most patients can schedule appointments within one to two days, he added.
Hanson said the best benefits of the clinic are the central location, appointment availability, easy parking, and the customer service for a wide patient base.
For more information or to book an appointment, call (888) 999-1212, or visit the clinic at 238 Brookley Avenue aboard JBAB.